Mexico and the OAS look to unify measures against organized crime
The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza and Ambassador to Mexico, Joel Hernandez Garcia, participate in a symposium about security at the headquarters 'OAS in Washington DC, in September 2011.
CONVINCED OF THE NEED TO COORDINATE ACTIONS amongst the countries of the region so that they can better confront challenges arising from the growth of transnational organized crime (TOC), on March 1-2, 2012 Mexico will convene a High-Level Hemispheric Meeting on Transnational Organized Crime in Mexico City. This Meeting will be attended by the high authorities responsible for tackling TOC in Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS).
“We are convinced that our efforts to-date have allowed us to collectively adopt a hemispheric agenda to combat TOC. We have also produced the necessary documents and instruments to establish the parameters needed to promote cooperation in this area”, said the Mexican Ambassador to the OAS, Joel Hernández García, during last week’s meeting of the OAS’ Committee on Hemispheric Security.
Results of surveys administered at regional-level show that public security-related problems are amongst the greatest concerns for the people of the Americas.
The Representative from Mexico added, “For this reason it is now time to put the contents of these documents into action and undertake concrete activities. Mexico will contribute to this effort by hosting a meeting to facilitate exchanges between our national authorities”.
This meeting has been convened by the Government of Mexico together with the OAS’ Secretariat for Multidimensional Security.
During his intervention before the Committee on Hemispheric Security, Hernández García sustained that the meeting “has the goal of adopting unified strategies to confront this scourge through the identification of the necessary measures to strengthen institutions and exchange ideas relating to improving cooperation mechanisms for mutual judicial assistance and extradition, together with the employment of new technologies to simplify and facilitate the sharing of information and knowledge in the field of special investigative techniques”.
Ambassador Hernández García also furthered that Mexico was convinced that “all countries are looking to generate a climate of confidence for citizens and combat corruption by preventing its penetration into public agencies; it is for this reason that we should discuss ways in which to evaluate functionaries who exchange information (confidence measures) as well as protective mechanisms for victims and witnesses”.
According to various studies, at global level approximately 40% of murders are committed with firearms whereas in the Americas this increases to around 80%. With this in mind, the Mexican diplomat continued “We must keep abreast of the new ways which organized criminal groups develop to commit crimes. This is something indispensable for our regional efforts to keep pace which the changing-nature of a problem which affects us all”.
In the coming weeks, invitations to attend the event will be sent to the authorities of Member States which are responsible for tackling transnational organized crime in their country.